Islanders three dream trade deadline acquisitions
Sam Reinhart | Buffalo Sabres
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Changes are likely coming in Buffalo. It’s likely that for the ninth year in a row, the Sabres are going to miss the playoffs. Clearly, what they’re doing isn’t working. Getting right-shot Sam Reinhart would be a dream for the Islanders.
The Sabres aren’t likely to let Sam Reinhart go. So the first part of this dream is simply acquiring him.
Sure, he’s at the end of a bridge deal paying him $3.65 million, but as an RFA he’s a controllable asset. He also just turned 24-years-old and as the Sabres move forward he’s likely to form part of their core alongside Jack Eichel.
With 43 points in 52 games, Reinhart is on pace for a career year of 67 points at the end of the season. Again, why move him if you’re the Sabres?
The second part of the dream is how perfectly he’d fit with the Islanders and how he’d give them exactly what they’re looking for.
With 18 goals so far this season, Reinhart is on pace to score 28 goals. That would be his fourth 20+ goal season in his five year NHL career. He’s a pacy player that can keep up with the likes of Mathew Barzal and provide some much-needed offense.
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But it all comes back to the Sabres being willing to move him. They may not have cap space for him today, but with six pending UFA’s the Sabres will have money to play with this summer.
Perhaps with the emergence of Victor Olofsson, they could find a way to part with Reinhard if it returns some defense.